GLASGOW: The city’s Black Box News Service, Scotland’s alternative news agency, which ran Spike, the country’s ‘other’ newspaper, until costs caught up with the organisation and the paper had to be folded, is being dragged through the courts by Daeha printers of Oxford, for not paying the print bill on Spike, Issue one.
Black Box say: “We refused to pay the full print bill because they made such an arse of the issue – wrong size, shit paper, and those duplicate ads. If you remember the issue you will see what we mean.”
After their experience with Daeha, Black Box had Spike issue two printed at FI Litho, Gay News’ printers. Then costs killed Spike, the only alternative voice in Scotland.
GLASGOW: Oppression of gays in Scotland tightened last week when the country’s radical paper was closed by the Post Office.
The Black Box News Agency, which published Spike, faced a £400 telephone bill, which it still can’t pay.
Black Box had acted as a selling agency for Gay News in Scotland, as well as publishing its own newpaper.
Spike’s folding means that, subscription copies apart, less than 100 copies of Gay News are now sold in Scotland.
Spike was an alternative newspaper that covered most areas of political and sexual liberation.
GLASGOW: A street-seller for the City’s Black Box alternative newsagency was arrested for a breach of the peace for selling IT, Gay News and Black Box’s own paper, Spike.
The seller the police arrested was Leslie Twycross. Galsgow’s Provost is reading all three papers to see if there’s anything worth busting him any more on.
Earlier this year a Black Box seller was arrested for selling IT and another alternative paper. The provost could find nothing wrong with them.